Football: Oregon State game thread

FINAL SCORE: Oregon State 49, Cal 17. Beavers (6-1, 4-0 Pac-12) ride 493 passing yards and 4 TDs from Pleasanton native Sean Mannion to their fifth straight win. Cal (1-6, 0-4) loses its 11th straight game to an FBS opponent. The big question: Did SonnyDykes ignite a quarterback controversy? It wasn’t raining on Jared Goff when he was pulled as it was three weeks ago at Oregon. Zach Kline didn’t light up the night, but he gave the Bears a spark and got them into the end zone twice. My guess: Dykes opens up the QB competition again this week in advance of the Bears’ trip to Washington.

HALFTIME: Oregon State 28, Cal 3. Brandin Cooks for President! This guy is out of control. Has 9 catches for 197 yards and a TD and a 14-yard run for a TD. Mannion is 21 for 29 for 310 yards and 2 TDs. Now has 27 TDs and 3 INTs on the year. Goff is 21 for 31 for 220 yards, but had the 2 TOs in the 1st Qtr. Cal has 1 net rushing yard on 10 attempts. That’s 3.6 inches per carry, for those of you who are extremely bored. And if you’re still watching, we can assume that much.

END OF FIRST QTR: Oregon State 14, Cal 3. Two turnovers by Jared Goff looming big right now. Neither team can run the ball — OSU has 3 yards on the ground, Cal minus-10 (including sacks). Mannion 10 of 17 for 134 yards and a TD. Goff 8 of 13 for 99 yards and an INT.

WELCOME: Back here at Memorial Stadium for the latest in a never-ending stretch of late-night games. The Bears (1-5, 0-3 Pac-12) and Oregon State (5-1, 3-0) will kick off at about 7:36 p.m.

A couple depth chart notes:

— Listed as starting right tackle: Steven Moore or Brian Farley. UPDATE: Farley started, but Moore played portions of the game. Dykes said Moore battle strep throat most of the week and could not play the entire game.

— Brendan Bigelow, moved from RB to slot receiver last week, nowhere to be found on the depth chart. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him some at both spots (especially with RB Daniel Lasco out), but not sure how much.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Juancho

    If nothing else at least we got some good ice cream recommendations tonight.

  • covinared

    I’d go with Goff over Kline assuming I had an line that could pass or run block. Since we don’t give Kline some time. Kline seems to lock on to receivers and lacks touch.

  • Juancho

    Now lets make sure kline doesnt shine here.

  • Juancho

    Covina more importantly what are your ice cream reccommendations.

  • Juancho

    Were majorly screwed. For years unless someone pulls a recruiting miracle.

  • Juancho


  • Juancho

    UCLA HAS PLAYED 17 true freshmen this year

  • Juancho

    Thats not the chris brown that beat up rihanna right ?

  • Juancho

    Put franklin in as qb

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Is LeAnn Rimes related to Busta?

  • Juancho

    I think so right.

  • Juancho

    Kline has shown enough in my opinion to get a start. Not this mop up were getting killed garbage.

  • Juancho

    We have nothing to lose.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Lord knows we have already lost our self respect.

  • Juancho

    Please give this td to kline

  • Juancho

    Tedford calling these plays ?

  • Juancho


  • The Wisdom Cow

    It could be worse.

    Did you see Max Sherzer get jobbed on the last pitch of his night that ended up butterfly effecting into that grand slam?

    Worst mistaken Ball call I may have ever seen, and it came on a 3-2 pitch in the ALCS. I was shocked they broadcast the pitch-trax of it. It was riot worthy.

  • Juancho

    Maybe hell be so outraged hell demand to take a pay cut and join the As.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    I’m out. Time to watch the last episode of The White Queen. You know, cause I don’t know how it ends.

    Watching historical fiction is kinda like watching Cal Football. You don’t know how they are going to vary the particulars, but you know how it’s going to turn out when all is said and done.

  • Juancho

    Goff has 2 tds in the last 4 games. Kline had 2 tonight.

  • Woj

    Idiot Head Coach. Horrible and I can’t emphasize horrible enough D coordinator Buh and truly an accountability-less athletic director. All should be terminated.

    All of these people’s incompetence masks any talent the players actually have. You truly have no idea if these players can or cannot play becasue the HC, DC,and especially the AD are all promoted over their head and overpaid vs. their talent levels.

    Cal becoming a laughingstock of a college football team. The reincarnation of Stanford ’05 and ’06 and Oregon St. 1975-1994.

  • Woj

    Was the line on this game like 10 points? Again I should bet against this laughingstock of a college football team so I can make some $$. Money in the bank!

  • 707 Bear

    back from Memorial—yes I left a wee bit early.

    Crowd was much bigger than I thought it would be.

    Question for all: What has happened to our offense?

  • Woj

    California Golden Bears 1-6, Last in Pac-12 – North Division. I don’t want to spoil the ending too much for the 300 fans left…sorry…but here’s what’s going to happen so save your $$:
    Remaining Schedule —
    Sat 10/26 @Washington Blowout Ugly Loss
    Sat 11/2 Arizona Convincing Loss
    Sat 11/9 USC Yeesh Blowout Ugly Loss
    Sat 11/16 @ Colorado Loss
    Sat 11/23 @ Stanford Blowout Ugly Loss

  • GldnBear71

    We have the longest losing streak to FBC teams in the country. Reminds me of Stanford pre Harbaugh years. We have sunk so low.

  • Dykes will be the offense right eventually I have to assume — it is hiring decisions at the key assistant coaching positions one has to question. The eeam maybe youngm and have injury woese, but even then they look out coached at all levels. It will be hard to attract the needed new talent to compete in the Pac-12 given the blowouts recruits are watching. Hope we hang on to those kids who already gave their verbals.

  • rotfogel

    I’m starting to wonder if Dykes knows the talent that he has on his team. Bigelow shouldn’t have EVER been the starting RB, he’s just not good.

    Goff, sure he throws a nice ball…OCCASIONALLY!!!

    Juancho, show your balls, Kline is by far the best QB on the team, you know it, I know it, if Dykes doesn’t know that by now, well, he should go the way of the Tedford.

  • Juancho

    Post game presser. Kline. http://youtu.be/fMPNfEbytAs

    Watch goffs cand tell me which qb looks motivated. Goff is 19. Give the kid a week off.

  • Woj

    Larry Scott still trying to find a time on Oct. 26th when the fewest people will be awake to show the Cal blowout loss to Washington. 6am an 1130pm are the game start options left. Every opponent Cal plays gets disinterested in the game in the 2nd half. I mean when you are up by 5 or 6 TDs, does 1 more or less really matter?

  • Woj

    The only good that may come of the Dykes hire is the termination of AD Barbour with him. IF the UC Chancellor truly cares about winning in football and a program the university can be proud of, he’ll fire both in a package deal and start over. So sick of Barbour hiding her incompetence with the ‘nevermind football, our women’s swim team has Missy Frnklin’ or ‘women’s soccer is #7 in the country’ As if more than 200 people care.

  • Gobears49

    Despite the truly ugly loss tonight, which was helped by two offensive line penalties at a key part of the game when we were not too far behind, I still think the Dykes hire could work out really well. He clearly brings in a very good offensive system to the program but the defense looks awful — a sit and wait defense, ordered by Buh, combined with depleted personnel.

    I hope that Jeff sheds some light on how well Dykes is doing on the offensive side of the ball by doing an article comparing Tedford’s average offense performance last season (such as total yards per game and/or total points per game) compared to Dykes so far this year and then throw in other factors, such as higher level of competition so far this year compared to all of last year and, of course, the injury factor.

  • Old Bear

    First of all, I’m sick and tired of these damn night games and weird starting times. Who the hell wants to be in Bereley after 7:30 at night?
    The whole stadium idea was to make it look good while being able to view the surrounding hills and look out over the bay. Wrong! We’re playing at night so no one can see a thing.
    Second, These new uniforms and helmets suck A more modern look? Burn them all at the end of the season and get some bright blue helmets, bright blue jerseys, and blue or gold pants. That ridiculous Bear logo. Looks like a bad graphic arts projectKeep it simple and classy. Nike is more interested in Oregon anyway so who cares if they make our uniforms.
    Thirdly, the whole PAC-12 concept sucks…..it’s not about anything except money and guess who gets stuck with the check?
    Fourth, Sandy Barbour must go; She’s worse that the idiot who drove Snyder out of Berkeley.
    As far as the coaches are concerned- well, defensively let’s start with tackling. Then let’s start with covering your areas. The next obvious one would be to read your keys. how many damn times can you get beat on the middle screen. New Defensive coordinator, new LB coach, new secondary coach, new defensive line coach and get some of these lineman on diets. They roll around like so many Schmoos. Heard a lot about #91 haven’t heard his name recently if at all, on the PA.
    Offensively, got some QB talent and receiver talent. Offensive line, Tagaloa is so slow, it’s painful, Rigsbee commmits three or four stupic penalties a game. Yeah there are some injuries but if you can’t get one yard in two or three tries you are in bad shape.Weight Training!!!! Paid enough for the damn weight room let’s see some results or is that for water polo and swimming? It may be that the lack of experience and depth is hurting offensive play calling but it looks like the old days in the red zone. The best play all night was the rollout to Wark on the one….
    Also, get rid of that BS fake pass motion on every down. Goff and Kline are going to end up with rotator cuff issues if that keeps up…no one pays any attention anyway and it looks like Pop Warner.
    I will say that I haven’t seen an ounce of quit in these guys. They are doing the best they can and hopefully they will bring the experience of this year into next year. Coaches, this one is on you. Sonny, I hope you take a hard look at your staff at the end of the season and make some tough decision.
    Oh, did I mention that the PAC-12 officials absolutely suck. They are so bad they should be sued for impersonating officials.
    Ok, that being said, you all have a nice day and we will see you on November 9 somewhere between 12 noon and 12 midnight.

  • Very hard to watch last night. Defense consistently overrunning the plays. A for effort; D for result. Didn’t think Mannion had a great game, but against this D he was more than adequate. Announcers correctly described the Oregon St offensive “challenge” as “pitch and catch.” O-line came apart. Did Riggsby really have three major penalties? Let’s face it, #29 looks good on returns but is essentially a flea running the ball at the line. He is a classic slot receiver who needs to be in space. Didn’t get the name of the new guy-Erving or something, but he looks to be the best bet for now. Goff vs Kline? At this point really none of the above as the exclusive player. Goff throws a better ball–good timing and accuracy. If he had the amount of time Mannion did to survey the field and choose a receiver this would be somewhat easy. But he doesn’t and has now reached the shock/terror zone that you don’t want any young QB to stay too long in. Very bad int, all on him; ball control problems = 2 embarrassing fumbles. Kline brought a spark with his feet and as referenced by announcers, his greater “athleticism” . But he threw a bad pick and abandoned the called play too soon in preference to his feet. That opened up the run game a bit, as expected, since he did have to face the pure pass rush every play that Goff as a no-threat-run QB did, and was working against the OS 2nds anyway. At this point if I am Dykes I am rotating Goff and Kline every couple of series to a) build Goff’s confidence back, and b) give Kline a decent body of archived film to assess both of them fairly when this miserable season is over.
    I have refrained thus far this year from jumping on the anti-Buh band wagon, but I am close to converting. The secondary cannot contain and the D-line cannot penetrate. In my view Cal has little choice but to blitz almost every play to some extent to break the QB rhythm. It would have been nice to see Mannion have to scramble like Goff did every play. I understand that the D-line is not a pressing group and that the secondary is overmatch for a variety of reasons, but in the face of that you have to come up with a D scheme that closes the reaction zone for the offense. Buh has not done that effectively.

  • Larry

    I do not like the 7:30PM start times! A 4-hour game where we are getting killed really sucks to be at. Falling asleep driving home(completely sober)sucks.

    That said, attendance surprised me. I expected way less people in the stands.

    1st Qrtr was OK, 7-3, with OSU making more mistakes than CAL’s D shutting them down. DL had 2 sacks last night, which is an improvement.

    Pac-12 refs are still a joke. They are so inconstant, one time they will call a PI, then exactly the same thing happens and it’s a no call. Or the roughing the passer call, pure BS. The Pac-12 needs to take some of their TV money and retrain/hire better refs.

  • TruBear

    Woj says it right. Ms. Barbour has got to go. We need someone to resurrect Athletics at Cal and she has proved she is not the one.

  • Juancho

    Petebear. I always looking forward to your posts. Bc its clear you are always thoughtful. I want to thank you for not name calling anyone for critiquing the team and staff.